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Monday, Feb. 4

February 4, 2013
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Spongebob: Today we added another archetype to our list: The Sage. We came up with a bunch of examples (Dumbledore, Gandalf, Velma from Scooby Doo, Rafiki, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Grandmother Willow from Pocahontas, etc.) All of these characters are wise and many serve as mentors to young heroes and heroines. They are also not related, in most cases, to their proteges — a potentially important point. They are parents who don’t share fully in a parent’s responsibility; they’re just temporary guides.

(There are two main types which we didn’t get into; we will on Wednesday.)

We also talked about four categories of archetypes:

1. Core: A character who does not change.
2. Layered: A character who comprises more than one archetype
3. Evolving: A character who changes — permanently — from one archetype to another.
4. Adopted: A character who changes — temporarily — from one archetype to another.

Kevin the Sea Cucumber, from today’s SpongeBob episode “I’m Your Biggest Fanatic,” is an example of #3. He evolves (maybe we should say devolves) from a Sage to a Fool. And we assume that this change is likely to be permanent.

New Media: Today we continued talking about blogs and came up with three different lists: different categories that blogs might be sorted into, different types of individual posts, and other characteristics that most blogs share. Hopefully you wrote these down in your notes, and remember that these lists are by no means definitive.

Your homework for Wednesday (aside from posting links if you didn’t already) is to choose 3 (or more, if you like) topics from your “things I like” lists. For each topic, pretend that you are starting a blog and come up with a list of at least 25 different posts that you could use for each. I know this sounds like a lot, but this should be very easy if you’re picking the right topics. Write these down, you will be graded for completion.

Family Values: Today we watched some famous recent Super Bowl ads — including last night’s GoDaddy ad — and discussed the ways in which they show companies being unafraid to present their products in a potentially unflattering light. That is a huge change from the early days of TV advertising, as represented by the long, straight and pretty dull Hotpoint ads we saw Friday.

Then we talked about the suburbs, and who ended up there (young, middle class-to-affluent couples with kids) and who didn’t, generally (the elderly, single people, minorities). This homogeneous makeup wasn’t accidental: we also discussed the process of redlining, which shut members of the letter category (especially black Americans) out of the suburbs, and contributed to the further decline of Americans cities.

We also heard some of your own stories about suburban decline (Monaca, Aliquippa, Sewickley) and rise (Cranberry). And we left by discussing one of the major weaknesses in the midcentury suburban dream: the isolation of the suburbanite. We’ll start there Wednesday.

BatCat: Today we starting finishing up Snowmen. Those of you not working on this are to make a book – any book, any style. Remind yourself of the things you learned in bookbinding, and spend time thinking about design. What do you want this book to look like, and how are you going to make it happen? Etc. Will continue on Wednesday.

Survey: Screenwriting: Today we finished watching Some Like It Hot. You then wrote a response:
1. A general response to the movie – what did you like/not like, and more importantly, why?
2. If you had to divide the film into three parts (beginning, middle, and end), where would the beginning end? Where would the end begin? Why?

We then looked at a small excerpt from the Some Like It Hot screenplay, then we watched the scene (just before Josephine and Daphne get on the train). Then you watched a scene from a different show on mute and had to write out the scene in screenplay format, making up your own dialogue. This was all handed in by the end of the block; if you were absent, you must finish watching the film and then complete this assignment. See me at your earliest convenience to borrow the DVD.

7th Grade: Today we discussed the term “in medias res” — Latin for “in the middle of things” — and did a story starter activity which involved you taking an “in medias res” story beginning I gave you and turning it into a full-fledged piece.

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